In the realm of property management, homeowners’ associations (HOAs) are meant to ensure community harmony, maintain property values, and protect residents’ interests. However, it is disheartening to witness instances where HOAs abuse their power, exhibit tyrannical behavior, and perpetuate modern-day racism. I will shed light on these issues, specifically how certain board members exploit their authority to exclude those they deem “less than them” from their neighborhoods.
The Erosion of Equality
HOAs, intended to foster a sense of community, can sometimes devolve into a band of bigots, wielding their power to discriminate against certain individuals or groups. It is deeply troubling to witness board members who own rental properties actively voting against allowing rental properties in their neighborhoods. This exclusionary practice disproportionately affects marginalized communities and perpetuates the cycle of modern-day racism.
Band of Bigots
In a twist of irony, several members of the HOA board I’m fighting own rental properties elsewhere while simultaneously outlawing rentals within their own community. This puzzling contradiction serves as a stark example of the discriminatory practices that can lurk within the confines of a HOA. It becomes evident that the ban on rentals is not motivated by genuine concerns about renters or the practice of renting, but rather a deliberate effort to exclude specific individuals from residing in their neighborhood. The fact that the ban was spearheaded by a licensed real estate broker, who owns rental property in the same city, raises eyebrows and questions their true motives. Similarly, another individual who supports the ban owns multiple rental properties in a neighboring town, further highlighting the absurdity of their stance. This ban, cloaked in claims of preserving the community’s integrity, can be seen as nothing more than class warfare, discrimination, an abuse of power, and a violation of the private property rights of homeowners. By imposing this restrictive policy, these board members have effectively drawn a figurative wall around the neighborhood, engaging in a modern form of redlining to keep out those they deem undesirable. It is crucial to expose and challenge such hypocrisy within HOAs to ensure fairness, inclusivity, and respect for property rights.
Mathematics of Discrimination
Behind the scenes, a disturbing calculation takes place. With high interest rates, tax rates, and insurance rates, the financial burden of homeownership becomes increasingly challenging for those with limited resources. This conveniently serves as a tool for the HOA to exclude individuals who do not meet their perceived standards of socioeconomic status. It is a calculated method of exclusion, masked under the guise of property regulations. The house I’m at issue with would require a minimum of $30,000 down to buy, and would cost more than $5,000 per month including PITIA. Conversely, you could rent it for around $3,600 per month and the total move in cost would be less than $10,000.
The Power to Exclude
HOAs, when influenced by individuals harboring discriminatory views, become a vehicle for social segregation. By enforcing stringent rules and restrictions, they effectively create barriers that prevent certain individuals from residing in their desired neighborhoods. This exclusionary practice is not only morally reprehensible but also a blatant violation of basic human rights.
The Impact of Modern-Day Racism
Modern-day racism takes many forms, and the actions of these HOAs perpetuate inequality and discrimination. By denying individuals access to housing based on their race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background, these HOAs contribute to the perpetuation of systemic racism. It is a sobering reminder that we still have a long way to go in our fight for true equality.
Challenging the Status Quo
As concerned citizens, it is our responsibility to challenge the status quo and confront the injustices perpetuated by HOAs. We must demand transparency, accountability, and equal treatment for all residents. It is essential to support legislation that safeguards against discriminatory practices and ensures that HOAs serve their intended purpose of fostering inclusive communities.
The abuse of power and the perpetuation of creative bigotry within HOAs is a distressing reality that demands our attention. By shining a light on these injustices, we can work towards dismantling discriminatory practices and advocating for equality within our neighborhoods. Let us unite in our commitment to fairness, justice, and the eradication of discrimination in all its forms. It’s amazing to me that I am writing this in 2023. It all started when a family moved into my house and had a family member that wasn’t white. They had the ban installed within 60 days.